The Hair Apparent—Stylist Adir Abergel Takes Over The Red Carpet09:43
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Adir Abergel at the WBUR studio. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Adir Abergel at the WBUR studio. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
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Even if you’ve never heard of Adir Abergel, chances are you’ve seen his work. That’s because it walks down the red carpet, adorns magazine covers and flashes across the news—all on the heads of the country’s favorite starlets.

Abergel is the "it man" of hair. The man who makes hair unpredictable and breaks the mold of the Hollywood classic. He's been called a rebel and an individualist. And he's not afraid to work under pressure, changing Anne Hathaway's hairdo eight times when she co-hosted the Oscars…each time in under two minutes.

But to his clients who also include Jennifer Garner, Kristin Stewart and Rooney Mara, Abergel is more than a master coiffeur. He’s also a therapist and a friend. He joins Robin Young in the Here & Now studios to discuss his career and inspirations.

Watch Adir Abergel At Work In Our Studio

Interview Highlights: Adir Abergel

On the importance of hair

"Hair can truly define who you are as a person. It’s also such a beautiful accessory, it really can make you into an individual - you can play with the looks the colors, the shapes, the textures - hair can really bring a personality to an individual."

On Abergel's inspiration

"When I pull inspiration, I actually don't go and pull the Grace Kelly or the Rita Hayworth. I actually go and pull photos from tribes in Africa, or I go and look at old Renaissance paintings, or I go and look at architecture, then I reimagine it. The truth is that women really inspire me. The woman that sits in my chair is my first and true inspiration."

On his early interest in hairstyling

"My mom was a painter and, it's funny, my dad came back a few years ago and brought all of my drawings, and all of my drawings were of women and their hair. It’s incredible how hair found me in the process of my life."

On hair and change

"Hair is really about practicing. Hair is something that is constantly growing, so you should experience and you should take risks with it. We are very scared to try different things and to express ourselves"

More Photos From Adir Abergel In Our Studio

Adir Abergel models two quick hair solutions on Here & Now producers Karyn Miller-Medzon (left) and Mary Dooe (right). (Robin Young/Here & Now)
Adir Abergel models two quick hair solutions on Here & Now producers Karyn Miller-Medzon (left) and Mary Dooe (right). (Robin Young/Here & Now)
Mary Dooe's finished up-do, styled by Adir Abergel. (Hadley Green/Here & Now)
Mary Dooe's finished up-do, styled by Adir Abergel. (Hadley Green/Here & Now)
Karyn Miller-Medzon and Mary Dooe's finished hair, styled by Adir Abergel. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Karyn Miller-Medzon and Mary Dooe's finished hair, styled by Adir Abergel. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Abergel helps co-host Robin Young with her infamous everyday up-do. (Hadley Green/Here & Now)
Abergel helps co-host Robin Young with her infamous everyday up-do. (Hadley Green/Here & Now)

Adir Abergel's Red Carpet Looks

Kristen Stewart attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Kristen Stewart attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Actress Kristen Stewart attends The Cinema Society Screening Of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" at Crosby Street Hotel on June 28, 2010 in New York, New York. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Actress Kristen Stewart attends The Cinema Society Screening Of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" at Crosby Street Hotel on June 28, 2010 in New York, New York. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Actress Rooney Mara attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Turner)
Actress Rooney Mara attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Turner)
Actress Rooney Mara attends The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party, presented with DeLeon Tequila, Laura Mercier, Lindt Chocolate, Marie Claire and Hearts On Fire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Actress Rooney Mara attends The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party, presented with DeLeon Tequila, Laura Mercier, Lindt Chocolate, Marie Claire and Hearts On Fire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Actress Anne Hathaway attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Interstellar" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on October 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Anne Hathaway attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Interstellar" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on October 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner arrives at the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Garner arrives at the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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This segment aired on June 9, 2016.

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